Red carpet beckons for award-winning make-up artist

May 2016

Stephanie Harrison

Student make-up artist Stephanie Harrison scooped a double award at one of the country’s top shows for beauty professionals. 

Stephanie produced a stunning expressionist take on high fashion at the National Make Up Awards 2016, held as part of Beauty UK at Birmingham’s NEC. 

Her dramatic colourful look was inspired by make-up artist Lan Ngyuen-Grealis, who has worked with stars including Paloma Faith, Kelly Brooks, the Sugarbabes and Katie Piper. Stephanie, who is studying Theatrical Special Effects Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma, designed the costume, headdress, make-up and hair. 

She was awarded first prize for high fashion and was also named editorial student make-up artist of the year, where her overall mark was boosted by her score for bridal couture.

Stephanie was awarded two crystal trophies and will get the opportunity to work on a red carpet event, applying make-up to celebrities, as well as working at Miss World 2016. She will also get to attend a make-up tutorial by Lan.

Stephanie, aged 24, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, said: “The competition was nerve-wracking because Lan was judging and was asking questions. I really didn’t expect to win the overall competition.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won and looking forward to working at Miss World 2016. It will be full of beautiful women so I am excited to see what they will want me to do. It is also great to be able to go to one of Lan’s seminars because it is really difficult to get a ticket.”

Stephanie’s long-term ambition is to work on make-up in film and television and she would love to start her own make-up school to train new artists.